THE TOURISTS Biograph Company, 1/2 reel, rel. Aug. 5, 1912 dir. Mack Sennett, cam. Percy Higginson cast: Mabel Normand, Fred Mace, Charles H. West, William J. Butler, Grace Henderson, Frank Evans, Kate Toncray, Harry Hyde, Alfred Paget filmed: late May - early June 1912 Location: Albuquerque, NM copyright: Aug. 7, 1912
August 16, 2013 Subject:
MN in NM (Mabel Normand in New Mexico)
Shot in New Mexico only 5 months after it became a state, this is a nice example of the "Let's go somewhere and make a movie" school of filmmaking possible in those glorious years at Biograph and other studios before the burden of sound became a distraction. The print itself is in pretty good condition. There's a nice foot chase, a bit of local flavor, and a nice good-bye on a train. If this is the whole film, opportunities for laughs are passed up (it would be nice to see what happens to the chief), but it's short, sweet, and pleasant--much like Miss Normand herself.
December 31, 2012 Subject:
Surprisingly weak comedy, despite Mabel.
On the other hand, the spoof of annoying American tourists still has some relevance today.